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Friday 041318

Four people sustained minor injuries after an explosion at a Garden City business just before 11 Wednesday morning.  Officials have not said what caused the explosion but the public is being kept at bay because of possible hazardous materials.  The FBI is investigating.

The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a man condemned to death row twice for two separate murders. A majority of the justices agreed Erick Virgil Hall was given a fair trial and had adequate representation when he was tried and sentenced to death for the kidnapping, rape and murder of flight attendant Lynn Henneman.

Workers restoring the Boise house of artist James Castle discovered a trove of art hidden in a wall.  The crews found 11 art pieces that likely have been in the walls of the now museum and art gallery for decades.  The collection is valued at more than $1 million.  Castle died in 1977 and his home is being renovated.

Federal officials say there are no injuries at a nuclear facility in eastern Idaho following the release of radioactive material from a ruptured 55-gallon barrel inside a containment structure.  The breach occurred late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Police say 29 year old Brady Thompson of Twin Falls admitted to possessing child pornography after the FBI flagged a suspicious advertisement he posted on Craigslist.  He was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.  Police said they found a total of 16 photos of children who appeared to be younger than 12 years old on Thompson’s email account.

Officials in Cassia, Camas, Gooding and Blaine counties are joining a nationwide lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.  The lawsuits allege that the companies’ marketing of opioids as safe and effective for long-term use contributed to a national public health crisis, at a financial and social cost to counties.

If you compare numbers of refugees arriving to the area over the past years, it’s down to a trickle.  That’s according to the director of the Idaho Office for Refugees.  In Idaho only 146 have been resettled since October 1st.  Locally, 52 are expected by the end of April.

Today:  Windy with sunshine. High 53F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 38F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 62F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

SUNDAY: Sun and clouds, warm

High 68 (Mountains: 57)

MONDAY: Cloudy with occasional showers and breezy

High 50 (Mountains: 45)

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds chance of scattered rain showers

High 48 (Mountains: 42)

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny

High 55 (Mountains: 46)

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers

High 56 (Mountains: 51)

April 13th: On this day


Born on this day in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, was Bob Nolan, singer, songwriter, and actor. He was a founding member of the Sons of the Pioneers, and composer of numerous Country music and Western music songs, including the standards "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."


Born on this day in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was Sam Bush, an American bluegrass mandolin player who has worked with many artists including: Leon Russell, Doc Watson, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks.


Roger Miller won five trophies at the seventh annual Grammy Awards, taking away, Best New Country & Western Artist; C&W Album, for Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug and C&W Single, Song and Male Vocal, for "Dang Me", his novelty song whose "jazzy instrumental section" helped make it "the quintessential example of Miller's lighthearted humor". Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Female went to Dottie West for "Here Comes My Baby."


Marty Robbins received the Man of the Decade Award from the Academy of Country Music. The Grammy Award winner had suffered a major heart attack earlier in the year.


Winners at the 5th Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Buddy Ebson included: Bob Wills who won the Pioneer Award, The Jim Reeves Memorial Award went to Joe Allison, Tammy Wynette won Top Female Vocalist of the Year, Merle Haggard won Top Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year went to Merle Haggard for "Okie From Muskogee".


CBS-TV celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Country Music Association. Among those appearing on the special: Alabama, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Anne Murray, Ricky Skaggs, Roy Acuff, Tammy Wynette, Janie Fricke, Mickey Gilley and The Gatlin Brothers.


Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the Country chart with their second studio album Need You Now. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year, whereas the single "Need You Now" won four awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

April 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, was Loretta Lynn, country singer, who became the first woman to be named Country Music Artist Entertainer Of The Year. Since her first #1 “Fist City”, in 1967 she has scored another 15 chart toppers. Her best-selling 1976 autobiography was made into an Academy Award winning film, Coal Miner's Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones in 1980.

Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me" was at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The track, which was produced by Chet Atkins, topped the country chart for eight non-consecutive weeks in addition to reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both Johnny Cash and Neil Young have recorded versions of the song.

Born on this day in Quantico, Virginia, was Stuart Duncan, bluegrass musician who plays the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo. Duncan has played with numerous well known performers including George Strait, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Alison Krauss.

George Jones released "He Stopped Loving Her Today", the lead single from his album I Am What I Am. The song, which was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman has been named in several surveys as the greatest country song of all time. Jones didn’t want to record the song, and when he cut it, he said, “Nobody will buy that morbid S.O.B.”

Alabama won Entertainer of the Year for a record fifth straight time during the 21st annual Academy of Country Music awards, broadcast by NBC from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Other winners included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait and Single Record of the Year went to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings for "Highwayman."

Unchained Melody: The Early Years a compilation album by LeAnn Rimes was at #1 on the Country charts. Released by Curb Records due to high sales of her debut album Blue, the album consists of tracks recorded previously to Blue and contains cover versions of "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" by Patsy Montana, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe, "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton, and "Yesterday" by The Beatles.

Dolly Parton was awarded the Living Legend Medal by the US Library of Congress for her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened a new $100 million expansion that more than doubled its space and allowed it to add more interactive and contemporary exhibits. The museum unveiled the final part of the expansion, two new exhibit galleries and a behind-the-scenes gallery of ongoing archival projects.


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April 15th: On this day

Born on this day in Meherrin, Virginia, was Roy Clark, musician and performer best known for hosting Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969–1992. Clark who scored the 1973 country #1 hit "Come Live with Me", also appeared in episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies as "Cousin Roy."

Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two played their first show in Australia when they kicked off a tour at Melbourne Festival Hall. This was the first time Cash had appearred live outside of the US.

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the country charts with "Lucille". Written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, the song is about a man who acquaints himself with a downhearted married woman named Lucille. An inebriated Lucille admits her unhappiness in life and a longing for adventure. An international hit, it reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of the UK singles chart in June 1977.

Born on this day in in Lexington, Kentucky was American country and bluegrass musician Chris Stapleton who scored the 2015 US No.1 album Traveller. Stapleton who is a former member of The SteelDrivers has also written hits for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Adele and George Strait.

The body of Tammy Wynette was exhumed from her grave in an attempt to settle a dispute over how the country music legend died. A new autopsy was conducted on her a week after three of her daughters filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her doctor and her husband and manager, George Richey, claiming they were responsible for her death 12 months ago. Richey said he had requested the autopsy because of the allegations made against him.

Capitol released the self-titled debut album by Lady Antebellum, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, the first debut by a country group to achieve this. It also reached #4 on the overall Billboard Top 200 charts and received a nomination for Album of the Year on the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.

It was reported that Digital music revenues matched physical sales for the first time in 2014, thanks to strong growth in the streaming market. The digital market rose 6.9% to $6.9 billion (£4.6 billion), representing 46% of all global music sales. CDs, vinyl and other physical formats also accounted for 46% of the market with Taylor Swift the most popular artist.